GEW hybrid LED-UV systemMPS to showcase ArcLED Stand 11C20MPS will showcase the new GEW hybrid LED-UV system (ArcLED), integrated with the next generation EF Neo flexo printing press at Labelexpo Europe 2015. At Stand 11C20 there will be live demonstrations of both LED and arc UV curing in combination with low migration inks of the Flint Group for label and film applications. With this combination, the MPS press will run at high speed using less energy, for the same running capacity. Due to the high intensity of UVA illumination with LED, heavy ink layers are cured more consistently with improved adhesion.
MPS will be showcasing the new GEW hybrid ArcLED System at Labelexpo Europe 2015The technical director of MPS, Bert van den Brink, says, “The main difference and biggest advantage of the GEW ArcLED curing system, compared to other LED systems, is the ability to combine and interchange conventional arc lamps with LED curing at every print station. This hybrid system also provides MPS customers the flexibility to upgrade to LED at a later stage, so they can fully utilize the advantages of both technologies without the need to re-invest or modify their press.”
He adds, “What also makes this hybrid UV curing system advantageous for our customers is the opportunity to move towards LED curing without the risk of being locked into the technology on the entire press. We recognize that further LED developments are underway, and the total ink portfolio needed for certain print jobs is not yet available in LED curing. However, the industry recognizes that developments in the field of LED will evolve rapidly, just like the change from infrared to UV.”
With the new GEW ArcLED curing system, the same lamphead casing is used with interchangeable pull-out cassettes for arc and LED, including the same power supply and control. The associated RHINO-ArcLED power supply automatically recognizes the type of cassette being used and adapts all parameters accordingly, including the correct power type and running parameters. Marcus Greenbrook, international sales manager at GEW says, “Our new LED-UV curing system is compatible with the widest range of substrates, and it increases machine uptime because of less maintenance. It also reduces energy consumption, as with LED instant on-off switching means no energy is consumed when the printing machine is idle between jobs.
The ArcLED UV system is a future-proof technology showing considerable energy savings, optimizing processes, and maximizing ink compatibility. It increases machine productivity as well as providing the possibility to run a fully flexible hybrid curing system.